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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is a clinician guide to adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Purpose: The purpose is to educate healthcare providers in a time-efficient manner about adult ADHD, a condition that the author describes as often misunderstood and therefore both undertreated and mistreated. Based on data and my own clinical experience, I agree that the ADHD literature has been focused primarily on the child and adolescent population.
Audience: The author strives to educate psychiatric and primary healthcare providers who treat adults in outpatient settings about adult ADHD. Dr. Young has a history of writing books, book chapters, and articles about adult ADHD, as well performing research in this area.
Features: The handbook begins with an explanation of the importance of proper care for adult ADHD and chapters on differential diagnosis and conditions comorbid with adult ADHD. The next chapters review pharmacological and psychotherapeutic management of adult ADHD and related issues such as medicine compliance, adverse events, and resistance to treatment. A separate chapter focuses on women and ADHD, and a final chapter answers 20 frequently asked questions about adult ADHD. Charts, graphs, tables, and diagnostic tools appear throughout the chapters, with listed references at the end of each chapter. However, these various elements were often several pages long and at times would be placed in the middle of a sentence, interrupting reading. A section of recommended further reading would add to the utility of this handbook.
Assessment: The books I have read on child and adolescent ADHD usually contained small sections about adult ADHD that were largely incomplete. This book condenses a large amount of information into an easy to read handbook that any healthcare provider can easily use. However, the author takes some liberties in discussing some areas of his personal interest and research into fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue disorder that do not have sufficient research backing to be in a review book. The conversational writing style makes readers feel that they are having a conversation with the author rather than reading an evidence-based handbook. Further revisions will be needed when the DSM-V is produced.